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HotCov Celebrates: Knowledge Day
Join us as we celebrate our heritage!
On this day in 1906, John Coppin won $33,000 on a longshot bet on a horse named “Knowledge” at Latonia Racetrack. The horse was owned by a J.H. Shouldice and the jockey’s last name was Perrett. It was the 7th (last) race of the day on a sloppy, muddy track. Coppin got a tip from a horse trainer friend who said the horse – which had been an unremarkable performer – liked to run in the mud. It is said that Coppin left the track with so much money, cash was falling out of his pockets as he walked away. He would use the money to buy the lot at corner of 7th and Madison for construction of his new skyscraper, which now is known as Hotel Covington.